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Speed named as factor in crash that killed 2 COC football players

Posted: August 26, 2014 4:11 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2014 4:11 p.m.

Excessive speed was the main contributing factor in a collision that killed two College of the Canyons football players last weekend and left a third student athlete in critical condition, a Los Angeles detective heading up the investigation said Tuesday.

A black 2005 Nissan 300ZX carrying Isaiah Hastings, 19, of Lancaster, Alexander Manu, 18, of Reseda and Eldridge Salguero, 18, of Van Nuys was traveling at a “very high rate of speed” southbound on San Fernando Road near Sunshine Canyon Road on Friday night when it veered into northbound lanes, said supervising Detective Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

Hastings, a running back who was in his first year at College of the Canyons, and Manu, a defensive lineman on the COC football team, both died in the crash.

Salguero, who was at the wheel of the Nissan, was critically injured and remained hospitalized Tuesday, Bustos said.

“We check on him periodically,” the investigator said Tuesday. “He was doing a little better today, but he’s still in critical condition.”

Salguero played defensive back on the COC team.

The Nissan was traveling at a speed “faster than the freeway (traffic)” as it headed down a hilly stretch of San Fernando Road about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bustos said.

At an Interstate 5 underpass, the Nissan veered into the northbound lanes, he said.

“There’s a turn there, and because of the excessive speed the Nissan went into oncoming traffic,” Bustos said.

The car slammed into a Honda Odyssey carrying 44-year-old Castaic resident Suh Min Kyung and her 11-year-old daughter. They both suffered minor injuries and were treated at a hospital.

The Nissan sustained extensive damage to the passenger side, Bustos said.

One of the two young men killed was riding in the luggage compartment that substitutes as a back seat in the compact sports car, Bustos said.

That area “is designed to hold cargo and is not designed for a person to ride in,” Bustos said.

“This was a terrible accident that could’ve been avoided,” he said.




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